AstaGuru to present its Heirloom Jewellery and Silver Auction

AstaGuru’s forte has been Indian modern art but they constantly strive to give the Indian and International audiences a chance to explore possibilities beyond art and showcase Indian artistry at its finest.


AstaGuru is pleased to present its Heirloom Jewellery and Silver Auction, to be held between 20th and 21st of October, 2019. The auction will feature a dazzling selection of exquisite heirloom jewellery pieces and silverware. The collection represents the opulence of the yesteryears and is a testament of the mastery of the craftsmen and lapidaries. Most of the lots being national treasures indicating their 100 year mark, the collection is a scintillating mélange of traditional Indian jewellery and contemporary Art Deco pieces.

AstaGuru’s forte has been Indian modern art but they constantly strive to give the Indian and International audiences a chance to explore possibilities beyond art and showcase Indian artistry at its finest. The jewellery and silverware collection will witness pieces right from the Mughal era which are symbolic of the rich history of India to the more contemporary masterpieces belonging to the French belle époque era. As an ode to the awe-inspiring Mughal emperors, the collection comprises of a stunning gold Sarpech (head ornament) with polki diamonds and spinel drops, a peacock motif diamond Kalgi and a stunning gold bajubandh with uncut diamonds and base enamel work.

We will also see a Jadau Champakali style necklace with meenakari work and a traditional Rajasthani tedia with uncut diamonds, both of which are currently assets of an Indian Royal family. Speaking of traditional Rajasthani ornaments, we shall witness an attractive diamond and enamel fringe necklace and a pair of gold hinged kundan kadas encrusted with cabochon emeralds and rubies. Among other neck pieces we have the regal five strand Basra Pearl necklace. Owing to the rarity of the pearls which are no longer in production, the exclusivity of the piece is well justified. Another striking piece is the spinel tumble bead necklace and the two row fluted emerald bead necklace, both of which are quintessential Indian aristocracy trademarks.

Under the Art deco banner we have the gorgeous diamond and Burmese ruby demi-parure. This set is peculiar as the rubies are procured from the famous Mogok mine which are significantly rare and have the exquisite pigeon blood hue. Moving forward, one is sure to be mesmerized by the platinum mounted diamond and Basra pearl set exuding classic French mastery.

Earrings are an imperative accessory and the collection boasts of some beautiful eardrops like the Victorian diamond and Columbian emerald pair, the platinum and Basra pearl ear pendants and the Art Deco pearl drops with baguette diamonds encrusted on platinum. These are emblematic of the revolutionary Art Deco movement in France which evolved during the 1920s.

Brooches are another noteworthy feature of the collection. The elegant Victorian emerald brooch is a centenary piece along with a vintage double clip diamond brooch shaped like angel wings. One piece that is truly breath-taking is the diamond and Burmese ruby bracelet featuring a 4.5 carat central oval ruby.

Silverware is decidedly an unmissable feature of the auction and includes several silver chalices, jugs, plates, bowls, tea sets, surahis, center pieces, jewellery boxes, to name a few. The most attractive lots consist of the silver salver engraved with British coats of arms emblem with intricate repousse work encircling its circumference and the hallmarked Victorian gold gilt silver salver featuring elaborate Roman engraving. Yet another splendid piece is the opulent centerpiece with 4 crystal bowls mounted atop silver stems designed as graceful wines and placed on a mirror top silver salver. All the pieces have crossed the 100 year mark and represent the grandeur of the olden days.

Most of the jewellery, if not all, are certified for authenticity and curated from the most reliable sources. Piquing the interest of ardent aesthetes, this is a truly remarkable collection. Head to AstaGuru’s website to explore the rest of the catalog and become enthralled by the lots on offer.

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